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Competitive/HP Tryouts


Tryouts for the 2023 (Feb-Apr) Competitive Training Centres (CTC) season 

Registration is NOW Closed

FALL TRYOUTS have been completed and Competitive Teams have been formed for the 2022-23 season

High Performance tryouts (13U-18U) run from September 10-18th. Athletes who do not receive an offer after the HP tryouts are complete, are eligible to continue the tryout process with the goal of securing a spot in the Competitive training center for their age group. There is no additional cost for trying out for both HP and Comp, however atletes can choose to tryout for only Competitive if that is their preference. Competitive tryouts (11U-18U) run from Sept 19-25th, but sizing and physical testing for both levels starts on Sept 10th. Competitive travelling teams will be selected in December from the training centres. 

NEW THIS YEAR: a Competitive Training Center will include the 11U age group for the first time. 


Interested in coaching or assistant coaching positions?

The Maverick Volleyball Club accepts coaching applications year round. Visit our Coaching application page for more information.


For the safety of all, everyone must follow provincial and municipal COVID restrictions.

CLICK HERE FOR 2022 SCHEDULE: (last update 24 Sept 2022 - 2:45pm) 

How do I register?

Maverick tryout registration for both HP and Competitive is now open. Click here.

Make sure your registration information includes a valid email address that you check regularly. Once you register for tryouts, your email address becomes part of the communication network through TeamSnap.

Registration is a 2-step process:

  1. Maverick Registration (via TeamSnap) – CLICK HERE for TeamSnap registration. Registration is open now and closes on Sept 08 at midnight. No refunds for any reason after Sept 06.
  2. OVA MRS Registration (*see below for more info) – bring proof to the signin desk at your first session. (OVA registration is for insurance purposes)

Late registrations will be accepted for an extra fee. You must still register online with Maverick plus bring proof of OVA registration. No refunds on late registrations.

Do NOT register the athlete more than once. Tryouts for different program levels are covered under the same registration. Sign up for the age division shown in the Age Group section below.


Tryouts will take place on Sept 10-18 High Performance and Sept 19-25 Competitive. For a full evaluation, please attend all tryout sessions for your age group.

The tryout schedule is subject to change, please check our web site news section. Note: the date of any updates will be indicated on every iteration.


Tryouts will be held at two main locations and two occasional locations 1) École secondaire Franco-Cité (623 Smyth Rd, Ottawa); 2) Collège Mer Bleue (6401 Renaud Rd, Orleans). Possible alternate locations: 3) St. Patrick CHS (2525 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa); 4) Collège Samuel-Genest (704 Carsons Road, Ottawa); 5) Colonel By Secondary School (2381 Ogilvie Road, Gloucester); 6) Henry Munro Middle School (2105 Kender Ave, Gloucester); and 7) Hillcrest High School (1900 Dauphin Rd, Ottawa). Details for each age group are posted on the schedule.


• Aug 20 - Sept 7: $60 per athlete (standard registration)

• Sept 8 and later: $70 per athlete (late registration)

This fee includes one hour of physical testing, up to 6 hours of court time for skills assessment, and a T-shirt. No refunds for any reason after Sept 6th.

We endeavour to keep our tryout fees as low as possible, however costs have increased in recent years. Mavericks is a registered not-for-profit and budgets are based on cost recovery. There are no refunds of the tryout fee for any reason.

Tryout Schedule

The tryout schedule is posted here. Please check back frequently as changes may occur. Athletes are strongly encouraged to attend every tryout session for their age group.

CLICK HERE FOR 2022 SCHEDULE: (last update 24 Sept 2022 at 2:45pm) 

COVID Protocols

8 Sept 2022 – With most COVID protocols being phased out, we are following what is left of the Ottawa Public Health guidelines:

• Stay home if feeling unwell.

• No isolation requirements, but please wear a mask in public for 10 days after the onset of COVID symptoms.

Bring your OVA 'tryout player' registration

For insurance purposes, in addition to registering with the Maverick Club, athletes must also register as a tryout player in the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) Member Registration System (MRS)

  • The OVA system should be functional by September.
  • Athletes should register as a 'tryout player ' (no cost).
  • Liability waivers and COVID waivers will be signed directly in the MRS.
  • MRS registration link:
  • Proof of MRS registration will be required at the door at your first tryout session.
  • Once selected to a team, at least one parent/guardian must complete the OVA's Respect in Sport certification before competing at an OVA tournament. Keep your certification number, this is a one-time process – if you have already completed the RIS requirement in a previous year (or with another sport or club), it is still valid, and you simply enter your RIS number into the MRS every year.

Here is a screen capture of the welcome page you will receive from the OVA after registration. Each athlete's name will appear on this page. Show this at the Maverick sign-in desk when you first arrive.

Email with questions.

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Make sure your registration information includes a valid email address that you check regularly. Once you register for tryouts, your email address becomes part of the communication network through TeamSnap.

Offers: Coaches begin to offer HP positions after completion of all assessment tryouts for that age group. Parents/athletes then have a response window of 36 hours in which to accept. Coaches will make offers to Competitive-level athletes at the completion of the second phase of tryouts. Parents/athletes then have a response window of 48 hours in which to accept.

Deposit: Immediately upon signing with the Maverick Volleyball Club, all athletes will be required to pay a $450 deposit towards their team fees and arrange payment information for monthly invoicing. Full instructions will be sent to athletes selected to teams.

Monthly Fees: Total fees vary by team and are determined based on factors that are specific to each team (such as how many and which tournaments the team chooses to compete in). Parent groups can influence the number of tournaments and other expenses in conjunction with their coach. Families can choose between installment payments or payment in full, however, all fees must be paid in full before the regular season ends (before Provincials).

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"My daughter did attend both sessions. She really appreciated that there is one more chance to demonstrate her skills. She felt that she performed better on the second day because she knew the drills better and because coaches asked her to demonstrate more enthusiasm!"   – Parent

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• What if I miss a tryout?

If for any valid reason, an athlete misses any tryout session, they must contact the Head Coach of that age division. There may be makeup dates available. If the athlete misses a session, please contact the head coach of that specific team to determine if there could be another time available for assessment. The Head Coach has final say in these matters and is not obligated in any way to provide additional assessment time. 

If there is a conflict between another Club’s tryout and ours, we recommend that you inform us in advance and we will help you work out any such conflicts to create a solution that maximizes the options for the athlete. 

• What age division do I fall into for the 2022/23 season?

The designated age category is based on a player’s birth date, however, an extended date range allows some players to try to play up or down a level, based on the best fit for athlete development. During tryouts, your coach can make recommendations if they feel a player should be in a more beneficial age group than what you have registered for.

Age Categories

11U - born in 2012

12U - born in 2011

13U - born in 2010

14U - born in 2009 

15U - born in 2008 

16U - born in 2007

17U - born in 2006 

18U* - born in 2005 

*19U players (born between Jan 2004 and Aug 2004) may be allowed to play at the 18U level, provided they are not a part of any OCAA, OUA, USport, CCAA, etc. volleyball team for the 2022-2023 season. They will be eligible to play Provincials but not Nationals.

How long is a Competitive or HP tournament season?

The HP competition season starts in October and ends in April/May with Provincials and Nationals. Once teams are formed, they can start to practice. Most teams play up to 6 OVA tournaments over the season (1 day event) plus Provincial and/or Nationals (2-3 day events). Team budgets are decided by each team (budget is drafted by the coach following consultation with the parents). More information will be available once teams have been selected. If you have any further questions, please send an email to

Players who are selected for a spot in the Maverick Competitive Training Centres (CTC) will train and play until late December. Coaches choose "travelling teams" from the centres and those teams will compete across southern Ontario (mostly Toronto area). Those who are not selected for, or do not wish to travel, can continue in part 2 of the CTC program. 

What is the difference between HP and Competitive programs?

The Maverick  High Performance program is geared for a progression to varsity post-secondary recruitment. The program aims to maximize each athlete's individual potential through the addition of supplemental practice and training methodologies (such as nutrition, mental and strength/agility training), and creating team fortitude and cohesion. HP teams compete more often, sometimes both interprovincially and internationally. A higher level of time commitment is required than for our Competitive level. Players must learn to manage practice time and schoolwork to ensure their marks allow them to be selected for a post-secondary university or college. All HP teams are expected to compete at OVA Provincials and at Volleyball Canada National Championships.

Any athlete not selected to an HP team will be encouraged to continue tryouts in the Competitive stream (no additional cost). Any athlete in the HP stream can opt to change to the competitive stream at any point during the tryout process (again no additional tryout cost).

The Competitive Program is designed for athletes who wish to play the sport at a serious competition level – but with less travel, fewer tournaments and without the supplemental training mentioned above. Supplemental local and regional tournaments may be added. The Competitive Training Centre (CTC) was designed to train athletes who need more training to compete efectively, or who are less inclined to travel or to commit to the time-requirements of HP. 

Players selected to the CTC will train and play until mid-December. At that time, "travelling team" will be selected from those who are interested in adding travel to their volleyball experience. Travelling teams will compete in OVA-sanctioned events and will compete at Provincials. Players who are not selected to a Travelling Team have the option of signing up for the second half of the Training Centre, which starts in January and runs until the end of March or early April.

What age groups have Competitive-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club fields gender-specific competitive teams at all age groups from 11U to 18U where sufficient numbers and coaches exist.

What age groups have HP-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club prides itself in following the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, which has recently opened to begin at 13U. Accordingly, at Maverick Volleyball, our 13U-16U HP teams follow the "learn to train" LTAD model, and the 17U-18U HP teams follow the "train to compete" model. 

How much does it cost to be on a Competitive (Comp) team?

Competitive fees are set by the Club Financial Officer to cover all fixed operating costs, such as: OVA player registration, tournament entry fees, uniform (jersey, shorts, socks, and practice T's), coaching, and practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), and year-end celebrations for the athletes. Any additional competitions, travel and accommodation are "pay as you go" based on the parent-approved season plan. 

How much does it cost to be on a High Performance (HP) team?

As a not-for-profit organization, Maverick HP fees are set by each individual team, within Club parameters, and must achieve a zero-based budgeting outcome. Team budgets are set by the coaching staff in cooperation with, and approved by that team's parent group. Budgets include OVA registration fees, all tournament entry fees (including Nationals and international or interprovincial play), travel and accommodation to all tournaments, practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), team gear, coaching, supplemental training (strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology experts). Before the end of the season, budgets will be reconciled and any remaining balance will returned to the parents (or shortages will be due before Provincials).

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Interested in coaching or assistant coaching positions?

The Maverick Volleyball Club accepts coaching applications year round. Visit our Coaching application page for more information. 

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